| Apr 7, 2013
Almost four years ago, long before the 2012 presidential campaign heated up, CNN took a poll to learn who Republicans might choose as their party's next nominee. There were two clear front-runners: former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and former Arkansas Gov....
| Jan 12, 2013
| 7:47 PM
Sometimes you don't know where to begin.
OK, let's start with AIG.
Remember when the mega-insurer was on the brink of collapse and the government bailed it out to the tune of billions?
Remember how the loan saved the company, along with thousands of...
| Feb 22, 2013
| 3:52 AM
It’s hard to say who provided the best cartooning material during the 2012 Republican primaries. The lunatic fringe voters, the ones who turn out for these events, dutifully produced a rich, colorful succession of front runners; Bachmann, Gingrich,...
| Nov 7, 2012
President Barack Obama rode a wave of broad support from moderates, women and minorities to win re-election Tuesday by defeating Republican challenger Mitt Romney in Democratic strongholds and key battleground states.
According to CNN projections,...
| Nov 7, 2012
| 6:12 AM
WASHINGTON -- Republicans held on to their House majority in Tuesday's election, leaving Democrats well short of the net gain of 25 seats they needed to take control.
"The American people have once again given the House of Representatives to Republicans,...
| Aug 29, 2012
| 3:35 PM
Previously on Elephant Talks we heard Texas state GOP chair Steve Munisteri proclaim:
'Texas, the largest Republican state in the Union, whose citizens for 20 years have had the good sense not to elect a single Democrat statewide, and which has led the...
| Jul 11, 2011
| 10:08 AM
WASHINGTON -- A debt crisis is a terrible thing to waste in a presidential election season, and Democrats and Republicans alike are responding on cue.
The news Saturday night that Republicans won't support a $4 trillion deficit reduction plan was a...
| Apr 19, 2012
A quick review of the long and illustrious career of Facts reveals some of the world's most cherished absolutes: Gravity makes things fall down; 2 + 2 = 4; the sky is blue.
But for many, Facts' most memorable moments came in simple day-to-day realities,...
| Jan 18, 2012
One of the many pleasures of Sara Paretsky's V.I. Warshawski novels is that the sharp-tongued, short-tempered detective often seems to be following clues that lead not just to the heart of whatever mystery is at hand, but also into the red-hot center of...
| Sep 14, 2011
Presidential debates are often the birthplace of catchphrases that outlive the race in question—and sometimes the candidates themselves. Sarah Palin's "you betcha," Al Gore's "fuzzy math," and Lloyd Bentsen's "Senator, you are no Jack Kennedy"...
| Oct 12, 2011
Oh, the irony.
On the heels of presidential candidate Michele Bachmann famously mispronouncing "chutzpah" during an interview with Fox's Greta van Susteren comes "Yiddishkeit: Jewish Vernacular and The New Land" (Abrams), a new book that traces the...
| Jun 26, 2011
Rep. Michele Bachmann has been propelled into the 2012 presidential contest in part by her insistent calls to reduce federal spending, a pitch in tune with the big-government antipathy gripping many conservatives.
But theMinnesota Republican and her...